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          After working in the industry for a number of years, I want to start my own catering business. Conversations with a couple of banks about financing have not been promising, so I’m considering approaching some friends and relatives about borrowing the startup money. Is this a good idea?         

When seeking financing help for a small business, many entrepreneurs turn to friends and family, rather than banks or other lending sources. While this approach may avert the stresses associated with loan applications and presentations before strangers, it carries its own set of risks and potential pitfalls.

About the Author

          This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly 70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit merrimackvalley.score.org for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S. Small Business Administration.  

I’m considering purchasing a local, long-established dance studio. I have the training and skills to run it, but have never bought a business before. What advice can you give me? 

          Buying an existing small business can expedite one’s way into entrepreneurship. All the upfront effort has been taken care of, as has much of the learning curve. And with staff and resources already in place, you may think stepping in and taking over is all there is to it.

About the Author

          This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly 70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit merrimackvalley.score.org  for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S. Small Business Administration. 

Business Technology - Finances (4 of 4)

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Warsaw Office - Chapter 50

Ronald C Everson

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Winona Lake, IN

Languages:English

How I can help you

13 yrs Armstrong Prods., Research, cost service, tech service, quality control

15 yrs Winona Corp., Gen. Mgr., President, Owner Sold business in 2001

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<p> BS from Purdue University 1969</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Masters&nbsp; Business St. Francis</p>

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Pearce Cinman

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Baton Rouge, LA

Languages:English

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Pearce Cinman, a native of Atlanta, Ga, has built a career in both the public and private sector working for and with stakeholders across Louisiana for over 17 years. A graduate of the LSU Public Administration Institute, the LSU Center for Internal Audit and the LSU Ourso College of Business, Pearce has put his MPA and MBA towards researching governmental relations and policies related to Economic Development, Small Business Development, in particular Microbusiness segments, State Fiscal and Public Policy, and Higher Education. His career path includes managing a family business, working for The Louisiana House of Representatives and the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, in addition to his work in Higher Education as a faculty member. Pearce's consulting experience includes working on and managing several businesses, political campaigns and research consortia.  

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LSU:

BA -- 2003 Industrial Sociology

MPA -- 2007 Economic Development and Public Policy Research

MBA -- 2010 Internal Audit and Public Policy

 

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Business Technology Program - Overview Webinar (1 of 4)

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This narrated PowerPoint video provides an overview of the benefits and features of using current technology to improve your small business.  It is the first in a four-part series originally developed to provide SCORE volunteers with an overview of current technologies in order to better guide their small business clients.  However, the perspective of the narration in these videos has been changed to be appropriate for viewing directly by small business owners and managers.

Rich Wiley

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San Diego, CA

Languages:English

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Summary Strategic Business Planning / M&A Experience / Sales Team Leadership New Product & Market Development Rich has over thirty years of experience in executive management with both major corporations and small start-ups. He served as the president of two companies and in varies senior management positions in sales, marketing, and business & product development. He provided strong leadership & management in the areas of strategic business positioning, product definition & development and establishment of a clear and compelling customer focus. In addition, Rich had direct responsibility for raising investment capital and M&A activities. He prides himself on his strong presentation, communication and negotiation skills and expertise in building a high performance management team which develops solid relationships with customers and other business stakeholders. TRACK RECORD OF SUCCESS * Led the successful turnaround of a privately held IC equipment firm into a merger with a larger company * Effectively managed the product-development / market introduction for new products for two start-up companies. Raised seed and development funding from major corporations in the USA and Japan. * Introduced and led the formal PDP (Product Development Processes) for new, innovative 300mm production equipment for the semiconductor industry. * Led a successful introduction of a web- based ecommerce business that marketed and sold high end tech equipment though a website to a global customer base. * Introduced the QFD (Quality Function Deployment) process to improve both profitability and customer satisfaction for after sales system market.

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<p> US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO - BS Electrical Engineering</p> <p> Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA - MS Electrical Engineering</p> <p> Stanford Business School, Palo Alto, CA - MBA</p>

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